• GA-ASI’s New Centerline Avionics Bay Increases MQ-9A Capability

    For the first time on Feb. 3, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a company-owned MQ-9A Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) equipped with a newly developed Centerline Avionics Bay (CAB). The CAB provides space to incorporate critical new capabilities for GA-ASI customers.Integration of the CAB began as GA-ASI needed space for new avionics on the MQ-9A, such as company-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system. In ...
  • Schiebel first UAS operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

    Schiebel is the first Unmanned Air System (UAS) operator in Europe to receive the organisational approval certificate – Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 from Austro Control.Under the new European Union (EU) regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, it is possible to receive a LUC by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel is the first UAV operator in Europe to successfully demonstrate and meet the ...
  • NCDOT Conducts First Bridge Inspection Using Drone

    The N.C. Department of Transportation has another new tool to help make our roadways safer: Drones.This week, the Marc Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet became the first bridge in the state inspected using a drone as part of the regular biennial inspection process.Inspection crews monitored live high-definition video feeds from the drone as it was flown around the bridge’s 10 largest columns, looking for any potential defects that ...
  • SPH Engineering, Velos Rotors partnership augments the first single rotor helicopter taking off, surveying

    February 25, 2021 - SPH Engineering announced that the Velos UAV helicopter has passed field tests to become the first single rotor helicopter supported by the UgCS software. UgCS now enables Velos helicopter professionals to use Velos for photogrammetry and LiDAR drone surveying missions.UgCS is now able to support the twin engine telemetry providing input for a UAV. The newly created Telemetry Viewer can handle extensive...
  • AeroVironment Acquires Progeny Systems Corporation’s Intelligent Systems Group

    AeroVironment, Inc. , a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it has acquired Progeny Systems Corporation’s Intelligent Systems Group (ISG), a leader in the development of artificial intelligence-enabled computer vision, machine learning and perceptive autonomy technologies and provider of related services to United States government customers. The acquisition will significantly accelerate AeroVironment’s ...
  • Grand Sky Welcomes New Tenants to Fill its First Multi-Tenant Building

    Grand Sky Development Company, LLC (Grand Sky) has entered into lease agreements with four tenants to occupy the entirety of the new Multi-Tenant Building 1 (MT1) at the business and aviation park. The tenants include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Northern Plains UAS Test Site, Grand Sky Airfield Operations, LLC and Innovets Aerospace.The Northern Plains UAS Test Site has signed a 10-year lease in the MT1 building at Grand Sky ...
  • GA-ASI and GKN Aerospace Expand Strategic Relationship

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and GKN Aerospace have signed a contract for GKN Aerospace to manufacture the advanced composite V-tails for GA-ASI’s new MQ-9B SkyGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) from their Cowes facility in the United Kingdom. SkyGuardian is the baseline system of the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Protector RG Mk1 and has also been selected by Belgian Defence and the Australian ...
  • Dronehub with a USD 1.9m grant from NCBR for a mobile drone infrastructure

    The consortium led by Dronehub – a European leader in a drone-in-a-box solutions – received funding from the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) from Poland in the amount of USD 1.9 million. Thanks to the grant, an innovative solution will be created - a mobile drone infrastructure for automatic orthophotos.“The world and technology are rushing forward, performing measurements or inspections of large industrial areas ...
  • Apellix Launches Apellix NDT Featuring the Apellix Opus X4 UAS for Contact-Based Inspections

    Apellix, protecting the world's built and industrial environments through technology, is proud to announce it is launching APELLIX NDT, a non-destructive testing field services company. Apellix NDT will operate using the Apellix Opus X4 NDT systems.Through its field services company, Apellix is now conducting projects focusing on ultrasonic (UT) inspections of above-ground storage tanks and vessels. UT is a volumetric method that uses sound ...
  • Liteye Systems Launches: Liteye SHIELD The Next Generation of Counter UAS Defense

    Liteye Systems, Inc., a US leader in Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems, announces Liteye SHIELD, the next level in Multi-Mission, Multi-Domain systems and a true advancement in Counter UAS Defense.Liteye SHIELD incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning techniques with a newly designed SPYGLASS™ 3D radar, EO and IR tracking to increase the speed and confidence of the system.   The SHIELD Command and ...